Alan Dalton post's birding diaries and original artwork from Sweden. Established in 2006, this now long running blog is now a complete overview of my birding experiences. As an artist I greatly enjoy sketching birds in the field and you will find a wide selection of that work here, from fieldwork to finished paintings. I am very passionate about my artwork and try to depict birds in their natural habitat, as I see them in the wild. My artwork is for sale and can be viewed at http://www.alandalton.net/
As regards to my photography, since 2008 I have used a Nikon D90 DSLR camera coupled with a Sigma 150-500mm OS lens for since March 2012 for bird photography, all previous images being digiscoped. Regarding sound recording, I have been usung a Telinga Stereo Dat Mic and parabol to record birds in the field, coupled to a Marrantz 661 digital recorder, a superb piece of kit. Interest in butterflies, dragonflies and damselflies has recently seen the accquisition of a Sigma 150mm macro lens. I hope you enjoy the blog and please feel free to leave comments or contact me at alandltn@gmail.com

Sunday, July 27, 2014

Baltic Gull; Juvenile; Skeppsbron; 27th July 2014

A classic, fresh plumaged Baltic Gull...

Outer tail is still growing out, though the Classic pattern of the tail is apparent. a nice view here of the upperwing on this warm toned individual. note the small headed appearance, a delicate gull, not so Deep in the breast and already appearing long winged, despite the exremely fresh plumage.

Light of the wing and appearing small headed, with a rather delicate bill. Very fresh plumaged having just left the nest.



Note the tail pattern, dark primaries and rather dark centered greater covert's....

Note the typical. dark markings on the axillaries and underwing...

Another view of the underwing here. Note also the rather long legs...

Direct comparison with a Great Black-backed Gull, which might be Three times the weight of the Baltic Gull. Note the tertails here, dark chocolate Brown with paler fringed tips to the feathers. Classic small headed appearance, dark mask around Eye, long neck and attentuated rear....


At Skeppsbron today, there were three juvenile Baltic Gulls present onsite, two of which allowed some images to be taken, whilst the third bird remained futher out on the water. Always nice to see these beautiful gulls in fresh plumage, the first of the year.

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